Museum Events

The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum offers a wide variety of family and community events for you to experience throughout the year—see our Event Calendar for the next upcoming Museum events! If you prefer something a bit more intimate or unusual, we invite Museum guests to explore the depths of the ship in one of our Special Tour options.

An Unforgettable Event Venue

Need a unique venue for 3 or 3,000? Host your next event on board the historic aircraft carrier USS Hornet—an American treasure that participated in the Apollo 11 space mission. The USS Hornet Museum has a variety of spaces that are perfect for meetings, banquets, tradeshows, product launches, and team-building activities.

Located only minutes from San Francisco by ferry or coach, the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum offers spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline and the Bay Bridge. Exhibits include vintage aircraft and the West Coast’s largest display of Apollo moon artifacts. Events are also enhanced with ship tours, flight simulator rides and interactive activities.

Our one-of-a-kind venue delivers events that are memorable and unique:

  • Intimate reception for 50 on the fantail with bay and city views
  • Lunch in our Officer’s Ward Room for up to 150 guests
  • Elegant cocktail holiday reception for 2,000 among vintage airplanes and space artifacts
  • Indoor seated dinner for 1500
  • Flight deck concert for 3,000 with the San Francisco skyline as your backdrop
  • Corporate team-building exercises
  • Bustling exposition on the hangar deck
  • Executive meeting in Hangar Bay 3

Smaller rooms are available for more intimate banquets and parties. We also provide complimentary parking for over 500 vehicles.

Whatever your event needs are, you can realize them here at the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Plan An Event

For more information or to make arrangements for a site visit, contact our Events Department. We’d be pleased to introduce you to this historic ship.

Phone: (510) 521-8448 x211
Fax: (510) 521-8457

ACHF Preferred Vendors are recommended to help insure that events held on the premises will be a positive experience. Working with an ACHF Preferred Vendor will assure the client of receiving the highest quality of food and/or service.

Ship Rentals

Whether you need a particular space or two, all three hangar deck bays, the flight deck or even the entire ship, it is all available for rental. Please contact our private events department at extension 211.

Film & TV Location Rentals

We offer an authentically restored WWII & Apollo recovery aircraft carrier with the ability to rent any part of the ship for exclusive use. Located on SF Bay, only 20 minutes from downtown SF and 15 minutes from the Oakland Airport.


Military Ceremonies

The USS Hornet Museum is proud to support the United States Armed Forces by making available event space rentals for many different military ceremonies.


Kids Parties

The ultimate birthday adventure! Host your child’s next birthday aboard the USS Hornet Museum and make it a year they’ll never forget.


The USS HORNET can provide many options — from the massive hangar bays that provide large floating party rooms to the intimate setting of the officers’ wardroom. After stepping onto the footsteps of the Apollo 11 astronauts, guests can also enjoy an unforgettable view of the San Francisco skyline, the Bay Bridge, and the Bay. To enhance your event, we offer the following options:


Docent Guides

Expert tour guides can lead groups to the Captain’s bridge, Medical Spaces, gun mounts, Engine Room, and many other interesting areas of the ship. General, overall tours last approximately 60-80 minutes. Shorter tours to specific areas last approximately 20 minutes.


Flight Simulator

A 12-seat simulator is available for your event and a block of time can be arranged for your group. Fly off the deck of an aircraft carrier in an F/A-18 jet fighter on a desert strike assignment or with the Blue Angels . It’s unique and definitely a show-stopper.


USS Hornet Band

Dapper swing time musicians donning USS Hornet blazers and American flag ties. Available to make quite the patriotic welcome at the Pier entrance to our museum.


Guest Speakers

Arrangements can be made for retired USS HORNET officers and former crew to speak at your event. Hear how the hurricane destroyed HORNET’s flight deck and how this led the Navy to create the first hurricane bow – now a structural part of every aircraft carrier. Get the inside scoop on history!

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 4, 2008) Sailors watch flares light up the sky during a Navy-style fireworks display on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The ship held a surface power demonstration for the crew in honor of the Fourth of July holiday. Other festivities for Independence Day included a steel beach picnic and a root beer float social. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jennifer S. Kimball (Released)

Pyrotechnic Displays

Depending upon the time of the year, fireworks over the Bay with a fantastic view from the flight deck can be arranged by Fireworks America.


Specialty Items

USS HORNET souvenirs can be purchased for your guests. Mugs, caps, emblems, and HORNET dog tags are some of the items available. A photographer can also be arranged for instant images the night of the event — a brand new process with quality digital photos.

Getting Here

Ferry Service and Other Transportation – Your group can travel to the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum via chartered ferry or bus. If you are driving, there is plenty of free parking at the Hornet’s pier. No matter how you arrive, we can put out the “red carpet” for your guests.

Got an idea?

Let us know. We have lots of space and can be creative to fit your specific needs. Our experienced Events Department staff are available to assist you in planning your special event.

(510) 521-8448 x211